Long Beach High School Receives $1000 Allstate Safe Teen Drive LI Grant

Schools and Libraries

September 24, 2012

Long Beach High School was a recent recipient of a $1000 Safe Teen Drive LI grant given by the Allstate Foundation. The school will use this grant to fund activism work that encourages responsible and smart driving by their students. Allstate spokesperson Allison McMahon presented the grant check to the high school at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Long Beach Board of Education.

"In the spring of last year I wrote a grant application for the Allstate Safe Teen Drive LI Program," said Vice Principal Timothy Piciullo. "The members of the Students Against Destructive Decisions club (SADD) plan to use the funds to help heighten awareness in our school about the dangers of various behaviors such as speeding, texting and drinking while driving."

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers. It is a startling fact, but not surprising when you consider that crash rates are the highest for drivers who are 16-19 years old. The Allstate Foundation's Safe Teen Drive LI program aims to truly reduce teen crashes in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

"We believe activism projects and events in every high school on Long Island will increase public awareness on this social epidemic," said Allstate spokesperson Allison McMahon, "and perhaps act as the reminder or light bulb for a young driver who may be about to make a bad decision behind the wheel."